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7 web series inspired by historical events

Reading a list of wars since genesis is boring for most of us, but what if you could harmlessly witness a 14th-century blood war come to life on your mobile screen?

Remember dull classes and yawning friends? For most of us, that has been the weekly History class back in school. Reading pages after pages of the French Revolution might be monotonous for sure, but witnessing the guillotining of Louis XVI come alive on your laptop screens will surely be more enthralling.

The tales of bravery, treachery, love and fear all come together to knit a complex narrative of believability and emotions. Although there are a thousand films on World History, why not choose the shows that depict the turmoil and the tensions more minutely, keeping the audience at the edge of their seats until the last sword has fallen?

We have curated a list of 7 web series on the various events of World History, that not only varies in time but also treatment. Whether you like the lush gilded gardens of France, or the bloodstained roads of Colonial India, you will find everything here.

Here are seven web series that are based on Historical events:

The Crown

Available on: Netflix

Based on the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, The Crown is a multi-starrer web series that chalks out the story of the longest-living-and-reigning British Monarch. The series starts from her marriage to Prince Philip and portrays Britain’s tumultuous history through her eyes.

Spanning over 30 episodes in 3 seasons, the titular role was played by Claire Foy in the first two and Olivia Coleman in the current. The next two renewed seasons will introduce her ex-daughter-in-law Lady Diana of Wales and the reign of the Queen in the 21st Century.

Bose: Dead/Alive

Available on: ALTBalaji

Bose: Dead/Alive is a single-season web series that throws light on the mysterious death of Subhash Chandra Bose, an Indian freedom fighter who sought to revolutionize the fight against the East India Company. When his Japanese plane crashed into Taiwan, his family in Calcutta along with entire India presumed his death. However, the Congressmen believed otherwise and so the speculations began.

The death of ‘Netaji’ Bose has been considered to be one of the most secretive and confidential cases in modern Indian History. Starring Rajkumar Rao as Bose, the nine-episode web series is available on ALTBalaji.

Versailles

Available on: Netflix

Initially premiering in France, Versailles was a TV series that exposed the extravagant whims of the 17th-century French Monarchy. The three-season web series depicts a fragment of the ill-reputed French ruler Louis XVI’s life where he decides to renovate and expand his new Palace of Versailles.

Luxuriously shot with sprawling moors and gilded palaces, the series also brings forth the sub-narratives of Clerical relations with the State and polygamous bedrooms of the King.

Knightfall

Available on: Netflix

Based on the real accounts of the historical Crusades, Knightfall is a strong representation of the lives of the Knights Templar – the mighty and mysterious medieval military order that protected the order of Christendom. Eventually led to their downfall, the story revolved around a knight, Landry de Lauzon, and his quest for retrieving the Holy Grail.

Starring Tom Cullen as Landry, the web series is filled with blood, violence and action. Knightfall spanned across 18 episodes of two seasons. Although the series had been renewed for a third season, it was later cancelled.

The Forgotten Army – Azaadi Ke Liye

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

Another story from the Indian struggle of Independence, The Forgotten Army… presented the true incidents of the men and women of the Indian National Army led by Netaji Bose. With the warcry ‘Chalo Dilli’, the story narrated the full-fledged marching of Indian soldiers towards the National capital to free their motherland from British shackles.

Starring Sunny Kaushal in the lead as Sodhi and Sharvari Wagh as Maya, the series lies an underpin of questions about independence, identity and sacrifices. Recently released, this Amazon original has five episodes.

Rise of Empires : Ottoman

Available on: Netflix

Recently released on Netflix, Rise of Empires: Ottoman deals with a landmark event in world medieval history – The Fall of Constantinople. The story follows Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in his victorious pursuit to capture Constantinople.

Cem Yiğit Üzümoğlu plays the role of Mehmed the Conqueror. The six-episode web series testifies an epic campaign that will stand the test of time to shape the history of the World for centuries to come.

The Last Czars

Available on: Netflix

Another lavish depiction, The Last Czars is a one-season Netflix web series that outlines the life of the last Czar of Feudal Russian autocracy – Czar Nicholas II. The show begins with the young ruler’s intentions to rule his people with an iron fist and ends with a sad demise of his own family.

Made in a part-drama part-documentary style, the web series captured the mood of Russian turmoil, the boiling Russian Revolution and the waves of social upheavals that crashed the Romanov castles. Streaming in Netflix, Robert Jack plays the titular ‘Nicky’.


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